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  ISSUE 222                                               19 May, 2014
River Lad (pictured, Dan Costello Racing) is poised to give trainer Natalie McCall her first runner in a Stradbroke Handicap after his gutsy win in the G3 BRC Sprint at Doomben on Saturday.
The 6yo gelding, by Craiglea Stud sire Top Echelon, outlasted Benny’s Buttons to win by a long head with Fire Up Fifi three lengths away third.
McCall, who trains a team of horses at the Sunshine Coast, has never previously had a runner in a Group One race.
She has always had the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7 as River Lad’s winter carnival goal.

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Another 14 QTIS races were held across Queensland this week, with $131,000 in bonus prizemoney on offer for eligible QTIS runners.
Prizemoney jumped from $10,000 to $22,000 at the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Toowoomba
The Gold Coast also hosted a $25,000 QTIS race on Saturday and a $24,000 event on Wednesday with $27,000 up for grabs at the Sunshine Coasts 3yo Maiden Plate mid-week.
While Ipswich had a $37,000 race on Friday.
photo – Tinto supplied by Dan Costello Racing
A star studded catalogue has been assembled for the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast.
Highlighted by the Teeley Dispersal, the sale comprises 867 lots including an unprecedented number of stakes performed fillies and mares.
The catalogue for the National Broodmare Sale includes:
867 lots comprising 731 broodmares, 129 race fillies and maiden mares, 7 stallion shares or nominations
109 stakes winning fillies or mares
a further 82 stakes placed fillies or mares
12 Group One winning mares
27 race fillies or mares already having earned black type
the dams of 13 individual Group One winners
the dams of 60 individual stakes winners
five daughters of champion mare Shantha’s Choice – the first time one of her progeny has been offered at auction
“This is without doubt one of the best ever catalogues for a broodmare sale I’ve seen,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

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If you’ve ever wondered what happens to the racehorses that aren’t successful on the track, you need look no further than disciplines like eventing.
And the approaching Queensland Three Day Event will showcase some of the poorest performing racehorses that have become true champions in this field.
For five years, the Queensland International 3 Day Event (QI3DE) has thrilled spectators and competitors alike with this event showcasing Australia’s top riders.
The “State of Origin” on horseback between Queensland and NSW will feature again this year with old interstate rivalries, in similar fashion to the traditional Rugby League “State of Origin”
The Queensland Three Day Event will be held at Warwick’s Morgan Park from 28-31 August.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available you can contact Rossina Gall if you’re interested Mob: 0427 258 159 Email:

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